Gun control organizations launch voter rights campaign

CNN reports:

“The gun-violence prevention organizations March For Our Lives, Brady and Team Enough launched a joint campaign on Wednesday focused on voting rights in an effort to highlight the link between gun violence prevention and democracy. The groups are releasing a report, “Accessing Democracy: A Gun Violence Issue,” that focuses on four categories: voting by mail and absentee voting, voter registration, early voting, and restoration of voting rights … The tool kits will highlight information voters may want ahead of Election Day. Each kit includes polling location and voter registration information, vote-by-mail and absentee voting laws and early voting options, as well as the status of voting rights for citizens with misdemeanor or felony records. The kits also provide “action plans” for the states. For example, the Arizona tool kit instructs how to contact Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, including directing voters to a landing page that uses the platform FastAction to directly connect citizens to their representatives. There, they can send messages to officials asking for the government to “expand equitable access to voting” and requesting actions including mailing ballots to eligible voters, extending in-person early voting, repealing voter ID laws and supplying personal protective equipment to poll workers …”

At first inspection, this looks more like a general effort by leftist front groups to encourage people to vote.  Gun control groups have never been able to generate their own voting block around their issue.  Their campaign may have some success, indirectly impacting gun control efforts, but I still don’t see their issues as having gotten more popular with the public.

Nevertheless, this is something NRA and other gun groups ought to be doing at both the federal and state level as 2A does have a voting constituency.

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Ola with AR-15

Ola Hawatmeh holds a slight lead over the party’s chosen nominee Kyle Van De Water in last week’s Republican primary.

Here is a picture she posted yesterday:

Ola for Congress

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Rob Astorino For New York State Senate

One of the few state races I’m excited about:

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Primary results

Following up to my post stating there are only limited opportunities to impact elections comes the results of yesterday’s primaries.  Big win/lose in Westchester Congressional and District Attorney races:

Assembly District 34
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael DenDekker – SUCCESS. DenDekker comes in 2nd in 4-way primary.

Assembly District 50
Vote AGAINST incumbent Joseph Lentol – FAILED.

Assembly District 51
Vote AGAINST incumbent Felix Ortiz – FAILED. Ortiz wins in 4-way primary with 38.7% of the vote.

Assembly District 108
Vote AGAINST incumbent John McDonald – FAILED.

Assembly District 138
Vote AGAINST incumbent Harry Bronson – FAILED.

Senate District 12
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael Gianaris – FAILED.

Senate District 38 – Open Seat
Vote AGAINST candidate Elijah Reichlin-Melnick – SUCCESS. Justin Sweet wins.

Congressional District 16
Vote AGAINST incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel – SUCCESS. Engel comes in 2nd in 5-way primary.

Congressional District 17

Go down the list in order:

SUCCESS. All candidates listed above lost.

Albany County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST incumbent David Soares – FAILED.

Westchester County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST challenger Mimi Rocah – FAILED.

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Primary voting recommendations

There are limited opportunities for 2A advocates to impact races in New York. Decades of gerrymandering districts along with the power of incumbency make it very difficult to influence the outcome of elections, especially for Democrats.

These are the races where I believe 2A advocates have a chance to play an important role. Voter turnout in the primaries is always low, especially in the City. Knocking out an antigun incumbent is more likely in these districts where a number of factors come into play including having a well-funded opponent, party disapproval and/or voter displeasure makes them vulnerable. Whether or not the challenger is pro-gun is irrelevant.  Incumbents who voted for the SAFE Act, “Red Flag”, etc. must know they will pay a price for supporting gun control at election time.

On June 23, Vote Early and Often.

Assembly District 34
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael DenDekker

Assembly District 50
Vote AGAINST incumbent Joseph Lentol

Assembly District 51
Vote AGAINST incumbent Felix Ortiz

Assembly District 108
Vote AGAINST incumbent John McDonald

Assembly District 138
Vote AGAINST incumbent Harry Bronson

Senate District 12
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael Gianaris

Senate District 38 – Open Seat
Vote AGAINST candidate Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

Congressional District 16
Vote AGAINST incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel

Congressional District 17

Go down the list in order:

Albany County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST incumbent David Soares

Westchester County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST challenger Mimi Rocah

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Pissing off the right people

A local Democrat functionary pisses off meathead Mom. The Yonker’s Times reports:

“A Facebook post last week by Yonkers small businessman and democratic political leader John Khader drew a harsh response from local gun safety —organizations including Mom’s Demand Action … On June 2, John Khader posted a photo of a gun with bullets, and commented “unconfirmed reports of protestors/rioters in my hood ready for anything … Barry Graubart, a member of Mom’s Demand Action in New York, responded to Khader’s post, writing, “I was appalled to see this post on Facebook and Instagram today, threatening protesters with violence with what appears to be a short-barreled pistol-grip pump-action shotgun. These weapons are often referred to colloquially as a “zombie killer” … “

That’s hilarious.

“… The photo was posted under the account “Johnny Limo”, which belongs to John Khader, MPAC founder and owner of Top Class Limo in Yonkers. Gun violence may be a joke to John Khader, but to many of us in Westchester, it’s a reality that has taken too many lives. And in the current environment, with people protesting for racial justice, with increasing domestic violence, gun violence is no laughing matter,” said Graubart …”

Barry Graubart is a laughing matter. Moms is a phony far-left gun control front group created by Mike Bloomberg.

“… John Khader said, “My post was in no way intended to promote violence. I overacted when I heard that there might be looting going close to my neighborhood. But I did it to protect myself and my family.” Catherine Schowalter, a member of Mom’s Demand Action in Westchester, said that, “It was the wrong thing to post. The 2nd Amendment gives the right to have a licensed gun in your house, but it shouldn’t be used as a threat to others.” Romano is running in a Democratic Primary for Yonkers City Court Judge …”

Wrong. The appropriate way to deal with the threat of violent rioters is with the threat of even more violence.  The hugs-for-thugs mentality is why part of Seattle is now governed by a warlord.

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Mike LiPetri For Congress

Assemblyman Mike LiPetri is one of the better candidates running on Long Island.  He is looking to succeed Peter King in Congressional District 2.

His position on 2A:

“… I am a strong supporter of working men and women and our fundamental liberties as Americans including the 2nd Amendment. My opponent voted for legislation that strips gun owners of the right to bear arms without due process. I voted against this and am proud of my “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA. Law-abiding Americans have every right to defend their homes, businesses, and families and I will always fight to defend these freedoms …”

His GOP primary opponent is Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino. I believe the bill LiPetri referring to is the “Red Flag” seizure bill A-2689/S-2451 which Garbarino voted for.

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